Hope you are enjoying our summer weather. We are getting closer to a more normal type lifestyle after more than a year of virtual meetings. We do have a treat for you for our Zoom General Meeting on June 16th @ 10 am. Connie Furtney, President of the Forest Probus Club is giving us a presentation entitled “Almost Welcome: Tales of Africa”. Her bio is offered below.
In August, if our government allows, we will be making plans for a physical Probus Meeting in September. We will be making contact with everyone in our club to find out their interest level. We also hope you will consider assisting on our Management Team. We definitely will need a Treasurer, Vice President, and help with our Social and Program Committees. Please think about it! This is your club and we need your help!
Hang in there! We are getting closer.
We welcomed Kim Robinson, Director, and Sandra Valeriote, Outreach Coordinator, from the OVC (Ontario Veterinary College) Pet Trust to our May Zoom meeting. Pet Trust, founded in 1986 to support research, education and health care at OVC, was the first charitable fund dedicated to animals. To date they have raised $45 million. They make an annual donation of $500,000 to OVC and funds from the Pet Trust have supported the Mona Campbell Centre for Animal Cancer, opened in 2012, surgery and anesthesia facilities at OVC Companion Animal Hospital. Of the 20,000 animal visits to the hospital, 60% are admitted to ICU there. Based on the principle that human medicine can inform animal medicine and vice versa, some of the projects that are being supported by funds from the Pet Trust include: fecal transplant in dogs with inflammatory bowel disease, investigating common heart disease in cats and ways to reduce fear at routine veterinary visits. The general public can volunteer their pets to take part in the clinical trials. Pet Trust has produced a variety of guides dealing with pet loss. Funds come from pet memorial donations, subscriptions to their magazine Best Friends, gift planning and speaking events, such as our Probus meeting. They have a presence on social media and more information, such as arranging a tour of the Companion Animal Hospital, can be found at www.pettrust.ca
We have a lot of openings on our Management Team and it is soon time for many of us to hand over the reins. We need a President, Vice-President and Treasurer and several other Committees need new members. If you were on the Management Team before or just have an interest, you have the expertise we need to form a Nominating Committee.
Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 519-535-0241. For this great Club to continue, we need to find a way to fill these vacancies.
Probus Management Team Meeting
May 12, 2021
Present: Judy Hollinger, Deb Moss, Janet Snider, Jane Fletcher, Mary Sellars, Norma King, Elizabeth Brekelman, Sandy Smith
Judy polled everyone about their role on the management team for next year.
· Judy will be Past President
· Jane agreed to step into the President’s role with help and support for tech issues
· Deb will continue as Membership chair
· Sandy will continue as Secretary and Newsletter chair
· Mary is stepping down from the Treasurer’s role. She is going to contact Sue Courtney about being her replacement
· Elizabeth will continue on the Program committee
· Janet will continue to work on the directory – she suggested that new members might have to send their own photos to her
· Norma will continue to work on the anniversary luncheon, but is not looking to stay on the Social committee beyond that. She suggested that Joyce McKinney might be willing to come back on the committee and will contact her to find out.
Chris will remain as Web editor.
· Judy will contact Sharon Bale to find out about her status as chair of the Getting to Know You committee
We need a Vice President and members to fill out some of the committees.
Judy attended a workshop on running hybrid meetings and realized that the tech requirements were likely beyond what we might be able to do at South Gate. The alternative would be for Judy to record an in-person meeting then post it on You Tube for non-attending members to view at their convenience. This would be a much easier process than trying to stream the meeting live.
The question of dues for our new season in September came up. Mary reported that we have a bank balance of $10,827.49. If we were able to start using South Gate right away in September, our operating expenses for the next year would be $3,300, plus the cost of speakers. Mary proposed not charging fees for the 2021-2022 year. This led to discussion about possibly charging a nominal fee, rather than the usual $50. The final consensus was that no fee will be charged.
We need to have an accurate count of active members in order to know what our payment to Probus Canada will be next year. We need to make this payment to them in order to continue to have insurance and to remain part of Probus Canada. We will collect this data in mid-August. An email will be sent to all members informing them of the no-fee policy and asking them to confirm membership through a simple reply. We will contact members who do not reply to the email by phone.
Next Management Team meeting: August. By then we will have a better idea of whether or not we can start to have in-person meetings. We will also create the message for the email to members and the script for follow-up phone calls.
Minutes prepared by Sandy Smith, May 13, 2021
April Meeting Zoom
We enjoyed our first “live” speaker since last year – well, live on Zoom. David Chapman, who has been photographing weather phenomena since the age of 16, shared his slide show entitled Wild, Weird and Wacky Weather. Through some great time lapse photography and his very informative commentary we learned about all kinds of weather events: snow spouts, rain spouts, ice bridges and caves, Arctic sea smoke, steam devils, sun dogs, solar halos, sun pillars, light pillars, fog bow, spray bow and rainbow, rain curtains, inferior and superior mirages and of course aurora borealis. He informed us that 2023-26 will be peak years for northern lights and by looking at www.spaceweather.com and finding the forecasts for Ohio, New York and Michigan, we can discover dates and times for viewing this display in Southern Ontario.
General Meeting: Wednesday, June 16 at 10am
Connie Furtney was a classroom teacher with the Lambton Kent District School Board for 36 years. During her career, she enjoyed many interesting experiences, including teaching at the University of Windsor, planning and presenting courses throughout southwestern Ontario, teaching in Korea, and two summers spent teaching educators in Uganda for the Canadian Teachers’ Federation. Connie lives in Forest with her husband Doug, also a retired educator. They are parents to two grown daughters. These days, you can find Connie playing soprano sax in her group, “Downtown Jazz”.
STORIES FROM MEMBERS
From Carol Ewing:
My friend Claudia Hay described our situation as "Luxury Isolation" since our "group" still meets for coffee at Southside Park, we had Book Club on our back deck and wine is always chilled at 5:00 p.m
From Sandy Smith:
Some days I get very bored and restless looking for something to do, but for the most part I manage to keep busy enough. Before the weather got so nice I completed many, many puzzles. I've been able to continue my piano lessons on WhatsApp, so I spend time pretty well every day practicing. My teacher and I are working on two duets that we can't wait to finally sit down and play together. We're doing some major home renovations outside, so we spent a few busy weeks doing prep work for that. Our son is arriving in a couple of hours from Halifax for a brief visit. We haven't seen him since Christmas, so I'm very much looking forward to seeing him.
From Mary Aucoin:
I am doing well, doing some You Tube videos that South Gate got going with exercise. Getting my walks in and cooking lots of healthy meals. Meeting some of my Tai Chi friends at the park doing social distance.
From Geri Shearer:
As for the last few months they have gone surprisingly fast. I have been able to keep in touch with friends. Now I am golfing twice a week and playing cards occasionally. A month ago I finally got to see my great grandson, now 7 months old and finally hold him. The Blue Jays are back playing and work outside is in full swing, so all is well for now.
From Connie Lauder:
My husband and I are doing fine so far. We just must keep vigilant in staying healthy and safe. Of course being on City Council and many Boards and Committees I have kept quite busy.
My days were kept very busy for four months taking care of my 17-21 month old grandson. There was no daycare available and his mom is a nurse at Woodingford Lodge. I certainly was not bored! He is now back in daycare and doing well! I will welcome the day when we can meet again without masks and hand sanitizer in tow. I am sure we all have a real appreciation for what matters in life, compliments of COVID.
From Joan Leary:
A lot has really changed since March in how we now go about our daily activities. My summer has been busy helping my husband redo our back yard as we had outdoor water proofing done to the back wall of our house and a sump pump installed. There haven't been too many idle days. Our family has been healthy and that is a blessing.
From Liz Jones:
I am good. Miss my activities: Bridge, clubs, summer theatre, and lunch out with friends. Finally able to see my grandchildren. Makes my heart sing. Hope they will be able to return to school. They missed their friends and teachers. Also, they need structure and routine. Luckily they have amazing parents who kept up with virtual learning and provided stimulating activities at home. But it still wasn't the same.
From Sharon Bale:
I haven’t enjoyed the past 6 months but like all of us have made the best of it. I have been trying to get out most days, either for a walk or ride, I spent a few days at a friend’s summer home in Niagara and a week at the cottage with my family. I have also returned to volunteering at VON.
From Pam Orth:
We are both well and hope it continues. Thank you for your time to inquire how we all are. Stay safe and healthy.
From Sharon Galloway:
For me, Probus is a time to meet up with friends before the meeting, during coffee breaks and getting together for lunch after, where we can talk about the meeting and speaker. It is a social morning with some education included. I am missing the "old days" so much--a lifestyle we took for granted and didn't appreciate as much as we should have. I am adapting--with a trip to the grocery store sometimes being the highlight of my week, but at least I am, so far, capable of doing that. I am learning to be more thankful for my health when I see our friends gradually losing some of theirs. I am thankful I can still drive and have my independence even if I don't go far. I am thankful for the bit of technology I can understand how to use so that I can tune into meaningful Church services each week when we can't worship together. I am thankful for a roof over our head and good food on our table, cheques that keep arriving in the mail when so many younger people have none of these. I am thankful that over my many years of living I have learned to have more patience. We will survive!
From Elly LeGallais:
I have to agree that this summer has been the hottest I have ever experienced!! The continued nice weather has provided lots of opportunities for walks, golf and swimming once permission was given for that. These activities have been a great boon to getting out of the house and socializing while observing social distancing, etc. During July we made one trip to Ottawa to visit our daughters & families...no hugging or kissing but it was wonderful!! I do sincerely hope that there will be a Vaccine soon so that we can return to “Normal” in whatever form that will be. In the meantime, I’ll abide by the rules and wear a mask, etc.
From Donna Wallace:
Yes it has been a difficult time, but it has been much worse for so many who lost loved ones, or fell ill from covid19. We can only hope for things to get better. We have noticed how people walking by have said 'hello', when they never did before...... We have received phone calls and newsy emails from old friends all over the world. Maybe, just maybe, after all of these difficult times, young people will see the value of paying off loans and putting a little money away for a rainy day!!! We can only hope. I wish everyone continued good health till we are together again.
From Cynthia Rhamey:
In many ways, it's been difficult since mid-March, but we still have so much to be thankful for. We are exceedingly grateful for our 2 loyal and loving black labs and for our perennial beds and planters. Spending more time outdoors, watching and listening to the birds and watching the sky and the clouds has been good for the soul. To prepare for the inevitable long winter ahead, we dropped a bundle at Indigo last week and are putting some books away for when we can't be outside as much. I love attending our current style of Probus meetings, so choose option #4. One of my favourite quotations that fits with the times, is a familiar one by Maya Angelou..... If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Take care and be safe.
From Norma King:
As for myself I have been working hard with physio to get my fingers and wrist moving. We have done a lot of cleaning out of those precious items we just couldn’t throw away before now - I should be good in that department for a while.
From Nancy Cassidy:
My husband is having some struggles that will be progressive and my focus is really on him. I do miss the Probus meetings and all of our friends there and certainly look forward to meeting again.
From Isobel Cosyn (one of our Charter Members):
Good and happy news: Moe and I have known each other 68 years and will celebrate our 64th anniversary Sept. 22nd. (we have a wonderful/happy marriage).
From Mary Sellars:
Mark and I did manage to get camping at Algonquin for 4 days with our daughter and grandchildren while her husband worked. Best weather we have ever had so it was a nice break.
From Janet Snider:
I am improving ever so slowly, but it is happening. At least with covid I have had no pressure to do much because nothing much is happening. We’re all in a holding pattern it seems. We saw our little grandchildren last weekend after 6 months and probably won’t be able to see them again until Christmas. That is the hardest part of all this. We are keeping well and I hope you and yours are too.
From Lenore Kuenzie:
I have not minded the isolation at all...time for reflection, reading, knitting, sewing masks, head bands and quilting. Of course, my husband does the errands and grocery shopping...it's his "entertainment!" I do the occasional gardening, when it's not too hot... In my 78 years, I have found this summer too hot for enjoyment. Wishing for snow was a fantasy!!
The weeks go by, the fourth, the fifth,
And normalcy’s become a myth.
I want to hug, I want to hold,
I want this deadly scourge controlled.
I want to walk amidst a crowd.
I want to lift this morbid shroud.
I sit, sequestered in my home,
And yearn to mingle, travel, roam.
My energy is out of whack —
I want my normal problems back.
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